Manu Kumar (@manukumar)

Palo Alto, CA

The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @manukumar ever

September 2010

All @Stanford folks shd check out http://zimride.stanford…. to offer/find carpooling rides to/from campus. #NewYearNewRides

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@careerimp I’ll be stopping by there today, but won’t be there tomorrow. Are you there today?

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RT @venturehacks: @manukumar Did you know you were the 2nd angel on AngelList? http://vh.co/boCWAG

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Meeting w/ @cardmunch & checking out @davemcclure’s fancy new digs! — at 500 Startups http://gowal.la/c/2ASFL?…

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@venturewriter yes, it’s possible tho often visa issues are a hurdle. That’s why I support #startupvisa

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But first, j-e-t-l-a-g… Zzzz.

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Now to attend to all the overflowing mailboxes! Snail mail: http://twitpic.com/2sw5cr Email: 576. Will try to triage & respond this week.

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Glad to be back home after a grueling trip w/long, painful, crammed, sleepless flights. @reachanika fared better than me and @hanakumar!

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Headed home, but damn do they keep it warm at MUC! — at MUC Munich/München http://gowal.la/c/2zPFU?…

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Re-entering the system of metallic tubes. See ya on the flip side.

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RT @founderdating: FounderDating Blog: “Picking A Co-Founder: Learn From My Mistakes” by @manukumar http://cot.ag/drJhOb #co-founders

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Pilgrimage to Khan Market. No trip to New Delhi can be complete without it ;) — at Khan Market http://gowal.la/c/2ydc5?…

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What a screwed up country. NYTimes: In Afghanistan, Passing as a Boy - http://nyti.ms/d3Uubg

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@andrewparker nope — won’t be in Munich for Oktoberfest. Are you there?

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Great story (and picture) about the co-founders of @zimride. Making carpooling ‘sexy’ http://k9.vc/d5y3Hz

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Just joined the Stanford alumni group ‘Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs’ at http://alumni.stanford.e…

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No free WiFi. Major thumbs down for MUC — at MUC Munich/München http://gowal.la/c/2uUp1?…

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Going off the grid and re-entering the system of metallic tubes. See you on the flip side.

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RT @SCSatCMU: We are in golden age of Apple’s OS X, which has roots in the Mach kernel developed at Carnegie Mellon, http://bit.ly/bCzMTd

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RT @l2k: Last day for early registration for CrowdConf: crowdconf.com. Looking forward to meeting people who have bought tickets already!

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I’m at Hotel Biograf **** in Písek http://gowal.la/c/2uB2r?…

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VC/Option pool math. RT @VentureBeat: VCs and option pools: Now you’re swimming in the deep end http://ow.ly/18Zawh

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“This is creepy.” NYTimes: Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites - http://nyti.ms/bXGLAs

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Amazing. The Guardian article on Chilean miners: A typical day in the life of a subterranean miner http://gu.com/p/2jt2d/tw

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More minimal the packaging packaging the better. #Waste #Apple NYTimes: Amazon Tries to Cut Frustration Over Packaging http://nyti.ms/dCr0cY

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New opportunties in WiFi infrastructure? NYTimes: F.C.C. Is to Open Unlicensed Airwaves to Wireless Innovators - http://nyti.ms/9yVC9m

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If you hate bees/wasps, *don’t* watch this video. (courtesy of @ronyeh) http://k9.vc/bymd1p

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@dschol Dump the Exchange Server. That’s the dog ;)

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RT @msuster: Outbound VC Dialing Programs – Total Disrespect for Entrepreneurs (blog post) http://bit.ly/9zRuxC

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Can I ever eat a fig again!? RT @benparr: Fig isn’t a fruit; a mass of inverted flowers/seeds w/a digested wasp or two: http://bit.ly/9Qkitb

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Sad but true. RT @akumar: @manukumar ironically, a lot of best minds are coming to silicon valley to making poker chips - at zynga et al

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RT @bussgang: “For a decade we sent R best minds not 2 make cmputr chips in SValley but 2 make poker chips on WStreet” http://nyti.ms/aqtcwG

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iServe in 1998: http://twitpic.com/2nqm4r http://twitpic.com/2nqm4x RT @bijan: “may i help you? no thanks just looking” http://t.co/BBp2f2U

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Evil. NYTimes: Resale Fees That Only Developers Could Love - http://nyti.ms/d6JbpU

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Dear @Google, Just coz I’m visiting a foreign country, doesn’t mean I want everything in a foreign language. Use identity, not location.

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Bummed that I’m going to miss the next @startup2startup in SF cc @davemcclure @leonardspeiser @jamescham

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So cool. Love this type of design/tech. NYTimes feature on Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus (winner 2010 EU Solar Decathalon) http://k9.vc/cQMnlA

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Yikes. RT @dpatil: San Bruno Before And After: http://bit.ly/cWBolH - my wife’s old street (via @chrisalbon)

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RT @newsycombinator: What happens when you refuse to answer a passport control officer’s questions http://j.mp/cNrvKu

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Just posted on @k9ventures blog: Investment Criteria http://k9.vc/k9criteria — 5 filters I use to consider startup investments

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All entrepreneurs should listen to this post on @venturehacks by @nivi & @naval. Lot’s of good stuff there. http://k9.vc/cYMwik

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Great article by @alanjpatricof on VC fundraising: “Confessions Of A VC Who Raised Money During Financial Armageddon” http://bit.ly/c6Aj5R

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The quote in the prev tweet is from @alanjpatricof. Loved his article on fundraising fro @greycroftvc

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“it is a humbling experience that should make you more aware of your own treatment of and response to entrepreneurs” http://k9.vc/akFWXR

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Enjoyed this post & video way too much — must be because of my gEEk roots and all the tinkering as a kid. http://k9.vc/bYFwxG

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I’m at Kamenný most in Písek http://gowal.la/c/2tJBV?…

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Interesting post by @fredwilson re Secondary Markets for Angel Liquidity http://t.co/cEIJBkz

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@herf love Picasa. (and sad that it’s stagnating withing Google now)

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@bjo3rn cool! Would love to check out the projects from CS260!

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RT @shaig: Are you a startup/tech co raising a VC round in Q4 ’10/Q1 ’11? Check out this free pitch event on Oct 29 www.svb.com/svbshowcase

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Knew #sanbrunofire was big when we first heard of it on the news on the local radio station in the Czech Republic! Scary http://k9.vc/aSzS2G

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Congrats @singhgurjeet! RT @danprimack: Floodgate seems to have backed a stealthy “big data” company called Ayasdi: http://bit.ly/bly6m1

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RT @chrisyeh: @manukumar @gideonyu #superangels need #VC for any startup that isn’t selling early. Conflict = linkbait.

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Congrats @sonajain! RT @sonajain: For Real ad campaign starts. So pretty. http://twitpic.com/2mxc5r

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Ghostbusters! RT @benparr: Someone parked in my parking spot at my apartment. Who shall I call?

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RT @Schwarzenegger: Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can’t see Russia from here. …search continues. http://twitpic.com/2mvxod

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Sorry to miss it! RT @satishd: excited about the #redpointsocial tonight

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RT @ljuba: RT @KyleYoungblom: LiveView app is dead simple and useful. Saves so much hassle when designing for the iPhone. http://is.gd/f3aJP

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RT @sarahtavel: eCommerce Rule #1: You must build a brand, but not through brand advertising. http://bit.ly/tenrules1

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@fukumimi The media is just looking to push more page views. And a lot of this debate is just PR for some angels/super angels.

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@fukumimi AFAIK @naval only invests in Internet companies & so that sector was implicit in our dialog. But I agree — def sector dependent.

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RT @TechCrunch: The New App Store Guidelines: What You Need To Know http://tcrn.ch/96UKNQ by @erickschonfeld

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Stopped iOS 4.1 download midstream after reading it is incompatible with ultrasn0w (‘possibly forever’) http://k9.vc/dk3hs3

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And the best hot chocolate! Ahh… — at Café Louvre http://gowal.la/c/2sYcw?…

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I’m at Old Town Square in Prague http://gowal.la/c/2sXHc?…

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IMHO the best ice cream in the world! Esp the Chocolate — at Cream & Dream http://gowal.la/c/2sXsR?…

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I’m at Charles Bridge in Prague http://gowal.la/c/2sVHS?…

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Agreed. RT @naval: @manukumar amount of capital required per startup is permanently down. Alternative financing channels are permanently up

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@naval Agreed, but doesn’t it always come down to supply and demand and therefore to how much capital is chasing how many startups?

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RT @newsycombinator: Are your pants lying to you? An investigation http://j.mp/aaZxLm

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Congrats @expensify! RT @redpointvc: Congrats to @expensify on raising $5.7 million in a first round of funding! http://bit.ly/bHZrbK

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LIke the new terminology: Party Rounds. RT @eladgil: Party Rounds: How to Get a Crazy Valuation For Your Startup: http://t.co/ijZ7E2Y

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.@eladgil How about just making the normal twitter search work right first ;) #TwitterSearchSucksCantDoMoreThanOneWeek! #Ouch!

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Yup! RT @jtoeman: now all they need to do is integrate instant search with chrome

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Pretty impressive. RT @google: Search: now faster than the speed of type. Introducing Google Instant http://bit.ly/cgHv2Y

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Go Salim! :) RT @salimismail: Had 45min private meeting w/ President Shimon Peres of Israel re #singularityu. Total high point…

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Hope my GMail gets faster! ;) RT @ericschmidt: I predict big things happening today at Google. We’re already fast, about to get faster.

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:) RT @bryce: one investor’s social proof is another investor’s red flag.

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Coz of too much capital? RT @davemcclure: #dd10 quotable @Naval: “it’s not the angels that have gained leverage, it’s the entrepreneurs….”

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+1 RT @davemcclure: #dd10 quotable @Naval: “People are talking about change in the VC market — well guess what: it happened 18 months ago”

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Congrats Troy! RT @mikeyk: RT @tbrant: Love the finish on this wooden bench. http://yfrog.com/mqpz8j

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Congrats @sacca! RT @TechCrunch: Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital Adds $20 Million To Its Coffers http://t.co/DkxhTcL by @leenarao

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#plan SVB Showcase (Rosewood Sand Hill) Fri, Oct 29, 2010, 8am-1:00pm http://planca.st/9bd

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RT @cardmunch: CardMunch will be at @SVNewTech today! See you there, or catch the live stream at http://svnewtech.com/str… at 7:00 PM PT

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RT @newsycombinator: BackType (YC S08) is hiring product designers, engineers and interns http://j.mp/aXkiUS

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@sarahintampa I’ve been in Airplane Mode w/ WiFi on (to find hotspots) for the past week. Used <5MB data in one week for urgent emails/maps

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@robgo and I have email/twitter overload — o/w have at least 5 draft blog posts waiting in the wings! ;)

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@semilshah don’t requires $s to start, but they do to grow. Can make good early exits that work for anges/uVCs, but to get big, need big $s

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lol RT @jasonmendelson: The best ecard ever. So many people that I could send it to, that I just decided to tweet it. http://fndry.gr/196tc

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.@EghosaO agreed — all PR drama. Press/blogs lap it up like puppies. Nothing like a little controversy/bitching to drive pageviews.

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.@semilshah Agreed, but some of those differences are a function of stage of firm. I’ll have a more detailed blog post soon. #VentureSpiral

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@sarahintampa Be SURE to get the AT&T intl data roaming plan. Even more ridiculous if you don’t. (best soln: JB+ultrasn0w+local SIM)

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Ironic that the folks engaged in VC-bashing are the ones on their way to becoming VCs themselves. #GlassHouses #Denial

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I use @CardMunch + GContacts sync’d to iPhone RT @benparr: What CRM/tools do you use to manage your personal contacts/follow-up?

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Excellent list of reasons for a candidate to join a startup. RT @msuster: How to Discuss Stock Options at Your #startup http://bit.ly/aSfMES

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BackType separates signal from noise in Social Media measurement & does it w/awesome engineering & design. #hiring http://endorse.ly/FxGy

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By far the best @cdixon post IMHO. Love the list. RT @cdixon: Things I’d do if I ran a big VC firm http://post.ly/w74R

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Are there tax implications of VC selling back for $1? RT @bfeld: Addressing The VC Seed Investor Signaling Problem http://goo.gl/fb/1FVf3

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That’s why I pefer the moniker uVC (micro-VC) RT @daslee: The only things that should follow “Super” are “Model,” “Market,” and “Size.”

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@robgo That’s what a long weekend brings ;)

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RT @mkapor: Danah Boyd: How Censoring Craigslist Helps Pimps, Child Traffickers and Other Abusive Scumbags http://t.co/SjZTl3p

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@naval @cdixon @bfeld masking the signal/layer of indirection is just duplicitous IMHO. Some funds have done it effectively though. <hush>

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Good list, looking forward to more details. RT @sarahtavel: Introduction to @BessemerVP Top Ten Laws of eCommerce. http://bit.ly/tenlaws

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Congrats @mattmireles RT @TechCrunch: SpeakerText Crowdsources Micro-Tasks To Automate Video Transcripts (100 Invites) http://tcrn.ch/byCHUD

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Bummed to miss it, sounds fun. RT @VentureBeat: Nvidia to showcase 60 visual computing startups at GPU Technology event http://ow.ly/18TQSs

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Can’t believe peHUB can be this stupid. READ the press release!! RT @peHUB: MeetYourFriends . com Goes Live http://dlvr.it/4rPFR

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Cooley’s Venture Financing Report indicated ‘Mixed Signals.’ Up for Series A/C, Down for Series B/D. http://k9.vc/9BvAi1 (pdf)

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Yes, they do. — meeting once where LP had my whole site printed out RT @danprimack: I wonder if, during due diligence, LPs read VC blogs…

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Unvarnished’s list of top investors: http://t.co/aPgyVly via @getunvarnished

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#plan CrowdConf 2010 (The St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco) Mon, Oct 4, 2010 http://planca.st/9UL

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Great post by @bfeld. Reminded me of my own brush with data-death. “What Should You Do When Your Web Service Blows Up?” http://k9.vc/9gkgIn

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@sarahintampa Post didn’t mention that @cardmunch doesn’t use OCR, but uses real humans to transcribe cards. #Different http://k9.vc/d7iSJl

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If an account is locked for 24hrs after 3 unsuccessful attempts, a 6 digit PIN can withstand 100yrs of sustained attack. http://k9.vc/9dO1Ej

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Usability always trumps complexity. NYTimes: A Strong Password Isn’t the Strongest Security - http://nyti.ms/9l5sjP

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@daveschappell If an entrepreneur thinks a VC is wasting their time, they should disengage. Smart founders know how to manage their own time

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I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that @Twitter doesn’t let me get beyond 3200 tweets even on it’s own website. More button goes away.

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@ethankurz If you want to impress us with your extraordinary talents, there are easier ways that eating glass! (hope you’re okay!)

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Ironic that the headline still implies existence. RT @newsycombinator: Why God Did Not Create the Universe http://j.mp/dCobEx

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@bijan Thanks. I just left a @foursquare “tip” for my recent car-rental experience at MUC. Feel better now.

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@richardbarley Awesome! Can’t wait. That’s my most wanted feature. If you need a beta tester, I’m game :)

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@richardbarley What I really want is for it to remember where I left off and also sync that across different devices. #My2cents :)

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@sidraj Congrats to your mom Sid!

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@guglanisam In theory, I agree. In practice, I’m so addicted that if I could I’d consume the Net intravenously! #withdrawal

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@bakerjake might be related to tweet count instead of by days. I can’t seem to get it to beyond a certain # (~1days’ tweets for my stream)

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@richardbarley No way to provide a button at the bottom so that I can click for more?

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@a4agarwal Congratulations on your wedding!

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@sonajain bet you’ll knock their socks off!

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@TweetDeck How come I can’t load more tweets? Restarted comp to do update and now can’t get to older ones in TweetDeck

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Congrats @kentgoldman! RT @christine: It’s official - @kentgoldman is hitched! Congratulations Kent and Lauren! #frc

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Twitter for iPad doesn’t let me scroll beyond 1 days worth of tweets. Can anyone else verify that?

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@theonezozo Facebook didn’t buy Buxfer ;)

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@cshipley lol (re catfood @ Whole Foods)

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GMail’s Priority Inbox is really well done. Love the implementation and the ability to move between inbox/priority inbox views.

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@jtoeman Did you figure out a good solution for that video file? Have a similar problem.

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@dbasch Just jailbreak + ultrasn0w it already ;)

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Coolest jobs page! RT @BackType: We’re hiring engineers and product designers http://www.backtype.com/…

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Gosh, just a few days off the grid and I missed out on so much stuff: Apple’s Ping, GMail’s Priority Inbox, iOS 4.1, C-note debate! Phew!

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+1 priced rounds RT @mcgd: Re-upping my love for http://www.seriesseed.co… - 2.0 docs are hot off the presses. Thank you @twang. Go equity.

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@m2jr very cool (re Khan Academy)

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Skype kicking ass as usual. RT @Skype: 10-way video calls with the new beta version of Skype for Windows http://bit.ly/9FdKxv

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cool, yet eerie. RT @SCSatCMU: RT @singularityhub: Carnegie Mellon’s Incredible Robot Snake Climbs a Real Tree (video) http://t.co/UkShUx9

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@jeff ha ha. It’s crazy how Apple can’t seem to be creative with it’s naming. Every name has been licensed from an exisiting TM holder.

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Updated. RT @TechCrunch: On Its Second Birthday, Google Chrome Officially Hits Version 6 http://tcrn.ch/97iBER by @parislemon

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@niallsmart Guess they’re making up for it being used once in a month! Ridiculous. Better of asking someone to use their cell phone!

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@danmartell @ebloch Nice job on the @flowtown website design and the flow (no pun intended!)

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Do you want an investor who is deliberate/thoughtful or one that’s impulsive? Good post by @davidhornik here: http://su.pr/2mJlv0

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Agree w/David. RT @davidhornik: VCs have been getting beaten up about moving too slowly — here’s my response: http://su.pr/2mJlv0

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RT @Pogue: Virgin’s pocket MiFi hot spot. $40/month—unlimited data, pay only when you use it. Unreal. http://nyti.ms/9BT2os

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Interesting point re anchoring. RT @newsycombinator: When to Make the First Offer in Negotiations http://j.mp/17JvJO

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Great post by @arrington : Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men. Or At Least Stop Blaming Me. - http://tcrn.ch/c0kira

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RT @TechCrunch: Check (In) Yo’ Self Before You Wreck Yo’ Self: Why 4SQ Users Check In “Off The Grid” - http://tcrn.ch/avQw55 by @hunterwalk

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Fascinating journalism… RT @newsycombinator: What happens when you give homeless people a prepaid credit card. http://j.mp/aD49ew

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Fascinating RT @newsycombinator: What happens when you give homeless people a prepaid credit card. http://j.mp/aD49ew

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Nice job by @plancast on the new features! :) cc @mhendric @jeff

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Knowledge@Wharton: VC ‘Super Angels’: Filling a Funding Gap or Killing ‘The Next Google’? http://k9.vc/a5VmHK

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10-page executive summary/business plan in an initial cold email. Yup, I’ll get right to reading that now. #NOT Punt.

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Like that the USCIS is raising H-1B/L-1 fees on large/dependent employers. http://k9.vc/cRO400 Subtle, but right move in immigration policy.

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Isn’t that a new GMail feature? ;-)? RT @jeff: Funny that Google decides that your wife’s emails are not important.

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#plan TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco (San Francisco Design Center Concourse) Sep 27-29, 2010 http://planca.st/998

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YouTube to finally turn a profit. NYTimes: YouTube Deal Turns Copyright Videos Into Revenue - http://nyti.ms/cxIxQK

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RT @cardmunch: We are now What’s Hot in Business on iTunes! Check us out http://twitpic.com/2jhsfh http://bit.ly/cardmunchf…

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.@avemii Any “never carry b-cards” solutions are flawed. B-cards serve practical purpose, have social protocol. Imp part of biz relationship

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Very excited about the @CardMunch roadmap. Will change how you manage business cards & business connections forever. http://bit.ly/cardmunch

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RT @venturebeat: Card reader CardMunch automates those pesky follow-up emails http://ping.fm/QagTO

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Back on the grid after no access (flying/driving or hotels w/only wired connections that don’t work for my MacBook Air!) for several days.

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@jparicka Could I request you to email me and I will respond to you via email (might take a bi though since I have a backlog to work thru).

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